Anyways, that has no bearing on this post. The idea of this post is mini cards. Not like 1975 minis. Not like A&G minis. No, I'm talking about Cracker Jack minis. The other day I went to an antique mall (one that was featured on the Travel Channel show Truck Stop U.S.A). I go there quite often, but rarely do they have ball cards. The only time I've seen cards there before were a box of unopened Free Willy 2 cards (which I bought and may do a post about one day). This time, there were a few vendors with cards. I bought 3 boxes. One was a box of 1987 Topps, which had some amazing cards, almost all the good players except George Brett and Ozzie Smith (though I did get the Bonds and Bo rookies, and Nolan Ryan and Cal Ripken and others). I also bought a couple boxes of cards the said "mixed cards". Going in I knew it wasn't going to have major stars, but they were cheap and I was hoping for some Royals and some commons.
I opened the first box and I was stunned, "mixed cards" was code for "A TON OF 1992 STADIUM CLUB WITH NO VALUE". I was disappointed to say the least. I might have gotten a couple cards that I liked, but it was worthless. So heading into the second box, my hopes were dashed because it was from the same vendor.
I opened it and at least it started with newer cards. 2008 Upper Deck. Not bad, but I have enough of them to last. Then there were a few random older cards. At least this one was "mixed". Then I was surprised. The box had some 2014 Topps and 2013 A&G. Not bad. I guess this box was worth the 4 bucks.
Then I pulled something I have never seen-
At first I was a little confused. I have seen these cards before, they were from boxes of Cracker Jack. But I have never seen full size mini cards. 4 cards on one card, almost like a mini sheet. To add to it, look at those names- Ryan, Clemens, Yount. Amazing names. I knew they weren't million dollar cards, but I did some digging, and saw that they are a little rare. If you have time you should check into them.
These were series one cards, only 36 cards were in the set. I'm off to a nice start. No real plans to finish this set, but it is nice to have a variety. I remember getting a few boxes of Cracker Jack with these cards in them, so this was like a flashback to childhood. As an adult though, I'm not a big fan of these mini...mini cards. They are just too small to put in sleeves, I do have small pages that fit some A&G, but these are still too small.
After I pulled these I found a few other cards in the box I might show in a future post. For now those, I thought I would give a....little (see what I did there?) preview of a flea market find. Hope you enjoy your weekend.